About us

Our Faculty and Executive, is made up of consultant psychiatrists, specialty doctors, trainee psychiatrists, service users and carer group representatives.

We provide a network of rehabilitation specialists, spanning the specialist teams of rehabilitation, early intervention, assertive outreach and forensic psychiatry and aims to stay informed in all fields relevant to us.

Killaspy et al, 2005 define Rehabilitation psychiatry as;  ‘A whole systems approach to recovery from mental illness that maximises an individual’s quality of life and social inclusion by encouraging their skills, promoting independence and autonomy in order to give them hope for the future and leading to successful community living through appropriate support’.

Executive committee

Member Year of joining Position
Dr Sunil Nodiyal 2021 Chair
Dr Asha Praseedom 2021 Vice Chair
Dr Hemant Bagalkote 2021 Financial Officer
Dr Saeed Alam 2019 (E) Committee Member
Dr Kate Aldersey 2018 (C) SAS Doctor Representative
Dr Shahzad Alikhan 2021 Committee Member
Mr Maurice Arbuthnott 2020 (A) Committee Member
Miss Ritah Bernadt 2016 (A) Committee Member
Miss Ritah Bernadt 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr William Calthorpe 2017 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Lucy Carrick 2021 Committee Member
Dr Mohan Chawla 2021 Equality Champion
Dr Maire Cooney 2019 (C) Scotland
Dr Nuwan Dissanayaka 2021 Committee Member
Dr Jennifer Drife 2019 (C) Committee Member
Dr Thomas Edwards 2021 Committee Member
Dr Claire Gallagher 2021 Committee Member
Dr Zoë Gray 2021 PTC Rep
Dr James Jeffs 2018 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Sridevi Kalidindi 2017 (C) Committee Member
Dr Priya Khanna 2017 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Helen Killaspy 2013 (C) Immediate Past Chair
Dr Celice McDermott 2018 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Rajesh Mohan 2021 Committee Member
Dr Andrew Molodynski 2021 Committee Member
Dr Patricia Moynihan 2013 (C) Regional Representative
Dr Maung Oakarr 2019 (E) Committee Member
Ms Karen Persaud 2016 (A) Committee Member
Ms Karen Persaud 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr Joseph Rodrigues 2021 Committee Member
Dr Adarsh Shetty 2015 (C) Wales
Dr Neeti Singh 2021 (C) Sustainability Champion
Dr Stephanie Young 2021 (C) Committee Member

We aim to:

  • Provide a body of expert opinion in the fields of rehabilitation and longer term mental health conditions to the College, the Department of Health and other relevant bodies, including service providers, commissioners and voluntary organisations
  • Provide advice and positively influence national and international policies as they affect persons with longer term mental health conditions, their carers and the doctors and other professionals involved in their care
  • Promote knowledge and understanding and provide opportunities for the professional development of all doctors, allied health professionals, commissioners and managers, in areas relevant to rehabilitation, recovery and social psychiatry
  • Advocate for service users with complex longer term psychiatric conditions in all settings in all relevant fora
  • Continuously promote and develop postgraduate training in rehabilitation and social psychiatry.
  • Support trainers and trainees in the field of rehabilitation psychiatry
    encourage and promote scientific study and research in enduring psychiatric disability and the social factors that limit functioning
  • Collaborate to improve the evidence-base in effective interventions and service models for this service user group
  • Act as the coordinating body for the regional networks of rehabilitation psychiatrists
  • Set national standards and peer review accreditation of care in psychiatric rehabilitation, in collaboration with our College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI)
  • Constantly strive to achieve parity of esteem between mental health and physical health
  • Strive to improve the physical health of those in rehabilitation settings.

Andrew Molodynski is a consultant psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHSFT and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Oxford University, UK. He has worked in community psychiatry for 20 years and been actively involved in research for 15. He has published on social and occupational functioning in people with severe mental illness and on different forms of service provision. He has co- edited a book on coercion in mental health care and authored various book chapters and over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is the chair of the World Association of Social Psychiatry working group on coercion which aims to provide education and links for interested parties. Andrew is also the deputy national mental health lead for the NIHR Clinical Research Network.

Andrew is the national mental health lead for the British Medical Association consultant committee He also sits on the BMA quadri-national community care committee. Current active areas of research include emergency mental health crisis care and the role of the police, the welfare of medical students internationally, and as a co investigator in 3 randomised controlled trials-the use of an app in the treatment of depression, increasing social networks in people with psychosis, and reducing antipsychotic maintenance treatment.

Helen Killaspy is Professor and Honorary Consultant in Rehabilitation Psychiatry at University College London and Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. She is a former Chair of the RCPsych Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry (2009-2013) and was academic secretary for the Faculty from 2005 to 2008 and the North West Thames regional representative from 2004 to 2009. Helen is the consultant psychiatrist for the Islington community mental health rehabilitation team in North London. She also leads national and international research programmes to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people who need mental health rehabilitation services. She was the Topic Advisor for the NICE guidance on mental health rehabilitation for people with complex psychosis (NG181: published 2020). From 2015 to 2020 she was National Professional Adviser for mental health rehabilitation services for the Care Quality Commission. Since 2015 she has been the Chair of the Advisory Group to the RCPsych’s Centre for Quality Improvement programme for inpatient and community rehabilitation services (‘AIMS-Rehab’).

Asha Praseedom I am a Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry. I have worked in Cambridgeshire since 2001, and currently lead an assessment unit at Fulbourn hospital. Previously I had led the Rehabilitation Service at Fulbourn hospital from 2006 to 2011. In addition I serve as one of the Associate Clinical directors at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust. My other professional interests include Complex PTSD and psychological therapies, and I am trained in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and EMDR. I am also interested in the effects of prolonged hospitalisation. In my spare time I am involved in the running of two charities in my local area; Jimmy’s, a provider for the homeless in Cambridge, and the Group Therapy Centre

Adarsh Shetty is a consultant rehabilitation psychiatrist working in the South Wales valleys since 2009. I have been Chair of the Rehabilitation Faculty for RCPsych in Wales between 2016-2021.  I have also served as Clinical Director of adult mental health services.  My interest is in improving rehabilitation networks to support colleagues working in rehabilitation.  I have organized rehabilitation peer support meetings in South Wales.  I am passionate about improving the profile of rehabilitation psychiatry amongst trainees.  I have set up and run Balint groups for trainees in our health board for the last 9 years.  I am involved in quality improvement projects for improving physical health monitoring for patients with severe mental illness.  I would welcome questions and suggestions from members about key issues facing rehabilitation services and training in rehabilitation psychiatry. 

Kate Aldersey I am a Specialty Doctor working in City and Hackney, East London NHS Foundation Trust. I have just completed 5 years working in a Community Rehabilitation Team. I am passionate about improving the quality of life for people with complex mental health needs. In particular I am interested in health inequalities and access to physical healthcare for this patient group and have set up a project locally focussing on Women’s Health, in collaboration with colleagues from Sexual Health and Gynaecology services. As well as my clinical career I spent a number of years working in health policy and research management for a cancer charity. I am also Peer Support Doctor for the College Psychiatrist Support Service and am currently enrolled in the Leaders Plus Fellowship.

I’m Stephanie Young, a Rehabilitation Consultant Psychiatrist working in a community rehabilitation team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. I’m also a former Rehabilitation Regional Representative. As a clinical and educational supervisor, I encourage trainees to explore art, music and literature to enrich their psychiatric experience and to maintain a healthy work-life balance.  I’m an editor of the London Division newsletter and enjoy reading and writing. As a faculty member, I’ve been involved in work to build on improving workforce conditions for psychiatrists and in developing the rehabilitation curricula. My main focus though, is my clinical job and ensuring that recovery is at the heart of everything we do with our service users.

Hello, I am Rajesh Mohan (Raj), and I am an inpatient rehabilitation consultant in South London and Maudsley NHS trust, and based in SE London. I was the previous chair of the Faculty. I am interested in improving the systems for care for people with longer term mental illness, and I was involved in campaigns to improve the provision of rehab services in all local areas and to reduce the chances of people being sent out of area for treatment. I advocate for evidence based and integrated models of care where social care and health services are properly resourced, and where care is provided in a way that enables recovery and maximises independence for people with long term needs. I support the RCPsych in advancing equality and equity in mental health. I am involved in teaching medical students and trainees to gain skills in holistic and integrated bio-psycho-social approaches to care. Additionally, I support the faculty with organising our annual conference and events.

Dr Shahzad Alikhan is a Consultant Psychiatrist at St Andrew’s Healthcare. He read medicine and natural sciences (psychology) at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University and King’s College London and trained in General Adult and Rehabilitation Psychiatry on the Maudsley Hospital rotation in South London. He has subsequently worked as a consultant in various forensic, neuropsychiatry and high dependency rehabilitation settings. He currently leads the working group on physical healthcare in rehabilitation services within the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry. His clinical interests include forensic psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and a diversity of political and legal aspects of the treatment of mental health service users. He holds a Masters’ degree in Mental Health Law and volunteered for 3 years as a psychiatrist and medico-legal expert with the charity Freedom From Torture, working with asylum seekers and refugees. 

Lucy Carrick I am a Rehabilitation Psychiatrist on an Intensive Rehab ward in North West Glasgow.  I was appointed as Clinical Lead across the NW rehab service but have had to give up the High Dependency Ward to take on a Clinical Director role for now. Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mental Health are currently undergoing a five year review process. After taking up my rehab post, I very quickly found myself knee deep in the Rehabilitation Services Review which is ongoing. It is my hope that the work that we are doing will make a difference to our patient group and that, at the end of this, we will have a well functioning and equitable service across GG&C and Community Rehab team (s) which help our patients continue their journey once discharged. We still have to shout loud to be heard and we need that data to make our case!

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi is a Consultant Psychiatrist and previous Associate Medical Director at the South London & Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust and Visiting Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

She is currently the National Clinical Lead for Mental Health Rehabilitation for the Getting It Right First Time programme with NHS England and Improvement, a national quality improvement programme. 

Dr Sri is a Leadership and Executive Coach and with her clinical background in psychiatry, she supports leaders to transform to their next levels of ability.

She is also a national Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow with the NHS England and Improvement Clinical Entrepreneurs Programme and is developing a medtech startup.

She is Chair of the Association of Mental Health Providers, the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales, with over 175+ member charities.

She is experienced in adult psychiatric clinical care, innovative clinical service development, contracting, research, teaching and training, policy, media presence, strategy and system leadership.

Dr Sri continues research, having completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, including having been the Co-Principal Investigator on a multi-site national RCT. She is well published in peer reviewed journals and co-edited and co-authored the primary textbook on Rehabilitation Psychiatry in the UK, which was commended by the BMA Book Awards.

Dr Sri has created and delivered bespoke training courses on mental health Rehabilitation for other countries, such as Oman, Qatar and Scotland, and also co-developed national specialist training curricula for those wishing to become Consultants in Rehabilitation Psychiatry. She also contributed significantly to the development and final drafting of the national Mental Health Core Skills Education and Training Framework funded by the Department of Health.

She was awarded ‘Psychiatrist of the Year 2017-18’ by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and remains a spokesperson for the College, strongly advocating for good mental health services, for the population. She was honoured with a C.B.E in 2019 for services to Rehabilitation Psychiatry.

Joseph Rodrigues is a Consultant Psychiatrist who has been working in Priory Rehabilitation & Recovery services since 2016. He has previously worked as a consultant in community and inpatient rehabilitation, Assertive Outreach, and acute services within the NHS and outside of the UK. Joseph is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with the National Psychosis Service at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Joseph currently works as a Consultant Rehabilitation Psychiatrist at Priory Nelson House and Medical Director covering Developmental Disorders and Rehabilitation services in Hampshire.  Joseph is also Clinical Director for Priory Rehabilitation and Recovery services nationwide.

Joseph has a keen interest in carer support/engagement and was a Trustee to a charity supporting carers for over 5 years.

Joseph has a special interest in neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, and treatment resistant psychoses.

Claire Gallagher has been a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in a Low Secure Unit in Yorkshire for the past fifteen years. Throughout training she had a special interest in rehabilitation and now finds that she practises these skills regularly in forensic rehabilitation. She has been a CASC examiner over the last ten years and continues to be interested in medical education. Locally, she is a member of the West Yorkshire ICS Complex Rehabilitation Project Group since it began in April 2019. As a result of this work, three new services are to be developed during 2021. Outside work, she tries to do some exercise and keeps up with her children.

Neeti Singh is a Rehabilitation Psychiatrist, working at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust for the last five years. As I have an interest in understanding social and environmental impacts of mental illness and healthcare, I have taken up the role of Sustainability Champion for the rehabilitation faculty in the College. I intend to understand and work on the local, national and systemic challenges that would help us to shape a sustainable rehabilitation service for our patients. Such College initiatives inspire me to provide an excellent level of care and keep striving to improve the services.

Lucy Carrick I am a Rehabilitation Psychiatrist on an Intensive Rehab ward in North West Glasgow.  I was appointed as Clinical Lead across the NW rehab service but have had to give up the High Dependency Ward to take on a Clinical Director role for now. Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mental Health are currently undergoing a five year review process. After taking up my rehab post, I very quickly found myself knee deep in the Rehabilitation Services Review which is ongoing. It is my hope that the work that we are doing will make a difference to our patient group and that, at the end of this, we will have a well functioning and equitable service across GG&C and Community Rehab team (s) which help our patients continue their journey once discharged. We still have to shout loud to be heard and we need that data to make our case!

Regional representatives are our local link. They are invited to attend central executive committee meetings and help influence College and national policies on rehabilitation and recovery.

Regional representatives have a say on local job descriptions for consultants and specialty doctors.

They also have the opportunity to offer rehabilitation expertise to local deaneries and schools of psychiatry.

List of regional representatives

NameRegion
Dr Saeed AlamLondon
Dr William CalthorpeWest Midlands
Dr Maire CooneyScotland
Dr Arpan DuttaMersey
Dr James JeffsOxford
Dr Priya KhannaNorth East
Dr Celice McDermottSouth West
Dr Rajesh NeheteEastern
Dr Adarsh ShettyWales
Dr Phalaksh WalishettyYorkshire
Dr Stephanie YoungLondon

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